Atomic Mass Measurements Using Time-of-Flight Mass Spectroscopy
We describe herein a new approach to precise mass measurements using time-of-flight mass spectroscopy. The spectrometer has been designed to operate in the “on-line” mode coupled with the He-jet system,1 or to be used off-line with stable species.2 Although time-offlight mass spectroscopy is not normally associated with precision work, accurate mass measurements can in principle be accomplished by the use of long flight paths and modern timing instrumentation. It is the long-range goal of this work to directly measure the masses of nuclei far from stability.
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